USAC: ARCA Champion, Team Owner set for USAC Debut Sunday

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(TOLEDO, Ohio – April 4, 2014) – By Doug Donnelly, ARCA PR — ARCA photo — Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship driver Andy Hillenburg will administer his first race as Director of Competition for the USAC Silver Crown Series this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind. Hillenburg is part of the Sunday event that has plenty of ARCA flavor.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend and getting the season off to a quality start,” Hillenburg said. “The entry list is good and we have some good, quality cars – a lot of cars that haven’t raced USAC in a while.”

The half-mile dirt oval at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track will host the “Sumar Classic,” the season opener for the USAC Silver Crown Championship season, on Sunday.

“We certainly wish everyone involved in the race this weekend at Terre Haute well, especially Andy Hillenburg in his debut as Director of the USAC Silver Crown Series,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “I recall racing at the Nashville Fairgrounds track on Saturday night, then racing the next day at Terre Haute on Sunday afternoon with the ARCA Racing Series tour—Bob Schacht won at Nashville and Dean Roper won at Terre Haute. Nobody who was at both events got much sleep, I can guarantee you that.”

The race itself – and the UMP Modified race – is being promoted by Bob Sargent, a longtime promoter of ARCA Racing Series events. This year, Sargent will be promoting ARCA races at Elko Speedway (June 1), Lucas Oil Raceway (July 25), Illinois State Fairgrounds (Aug. 17) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (Sept. 1).

“We are working in conjunction with USAC on this first race on Sunday,” Sargent said. “We look forward to opening our 2014 season with the USAC Silver Crown cars in a historic, 100-lap race on a late Sunday afternoon. Open wheel racing and Terre Haute and a long and rich history and we look forward to continuing it.”

Kenny Schrader, a 17-time ARCA Racing Series winner, is scheduled to race in the UMP Modified race, along with NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace. Schrader is slated to make his next ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start later this month at the Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery. The Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter is April 27.

Hillenburg was named director of competition for USAC in December. He remains a team owner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. As a Silver Crown driver in the late 1980s, he amassed more than 20 top 10 finishes. He won the ARCA championship in 1995, the same year he visited victory lane at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA series. He won at Daytona again in 1997. He also made several starts across NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series and is the owner of Rockingham Speedway in North Carolina.

Hillenburg also operates the Fast Track High Performance Driving School and has appeared in various racing movies, most notably “The Dale Earnhardt Story,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Drager said the ARCA connection in Terre Haute this weekend is yet another example of how the ARCA sanctioning body, now more than six decades old, has deep roots in the racing world.

“The Terre Haute event weekend is a great example of how, on any given weekend, lots of folks with connections to the ARCA Racing Series are out there officiating, promoting, doing track prep, participating in racing events as drivers and crew members, in addition to the untold numbers of team members working in the shop, testing, working on sponsorship, marketing and PR—the list is endless. It’s a non-stop level of activity, whether it’s an ARCA Racing Series weekend or not,” Drager said.

Hillenburg said the 2014 USAC schedule is a good one and Terre Haute will kick that off.

“It’s a big year ahead,” he said. “The thing about it is that on the Silver Crown series schedule, they are all marquee events. I’m real excited.”

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